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ADAA Film Festival to Take Place in Boston

BOSTON–The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance is proud to present the Second Annual Armenian Film Festival at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 1 to 3. The festival celebrates Armenian culture, heritage, language and filmmakers with films ranging from the documentary to the dramatic. The festival kicks off on Friday evening, May 1st, at

In Memoriam: A Tribute to Armen Haghnazarian

BY ARA GHAZARIAN What began in 1961 as a modest student life in the historic city of Aachen, the resting place of Charlemagne and German kings, came full circle almost half a century later. Thousands of miles from his beloved Armenia, on February 19, as Armenians worldwide marked the St. Vartanants Day, Armen Haghnazarian, husband,

Conversational Armenian Class to Begin at GCC

GLENDALE–Glendale College’s Community Services Education program is offering a six week course in Beginning Conversational Armenian this spring. In the class, you’ll discover the language of Armenian and it’s vibrant culture. Through lecture, videos, and class participation you will learn practical vocabulary and the fundamental structure of the Armenian language, while learning correct pronunciation, vocabulary,

Australian Senator Apologizes to Armenians for Questioning Genocide

ADELAIDE, Australia–Senator Alan Ferguson has apologized for calling the Armenian and Pontian-Greek Genocides “debatable.” In a speech made to the Federal Parliament’s upper house two weeks ago, Senator Ferguson brought into question the historical truth of the Armenian and Greek Genocides by stating they “cannot be accurately depicted” today. The Armenian National Committee of Australia

All-Day Conference “An Armenian Woman’s Journey” Set For April 18

PASADENA–The challenges, hurdles, and influences that shape the modern Armenian woman will be the theme of the 4th Annual AGBU Hye Geen Interdisciplinary Conference, taking place on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Cal State University, Los Angeles. The conference titled “An Armenian Woman’s Journey” will feature speakers with diverse backgrounds, who will address educational, psychological,

Community to Observe 94th Anniversary of Genocide in Montebello

Every year, the date April 24 symbolizes the premeditated Genocide perpetrated by Turkey against Armenians. As a consequence of the Genocide, not only did 1.5 million innocent Armenians lose their lives, but an incalculable economic and cultural legacy was lost as well. Most importantly, however, a large area of our millennia-old fatherland was usurped by

Karapents Compilation Released; Focuses on Three Pillars of Armenian Identity

ARLINGTON, Mass.–The Armenian Cultural Foundation announced this week the release of Mtorumner [Ruminations] by Hakob Karapents. A collection of 61 articles, mostly written during the last years of his life, it focuses on three pillars shaping the Armenian identity: Armenia, Artsakh, and Diaspora, and the challenges Armenia’s as a people are facing in the 21st

Early Praise From Elie Wiesel and Others for Grigoris Balakian’s Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of The Armenian Genocide

NEW YORK–Never before in English, Armenian Golgotha is the most comprehensive and dramatic eyewitness account of the twentieth century’s first genocide. It sheds light on the Armenian Genocide as no other book has done. On April 24, 1915, Grigoris Balakian, an Armenian Apostolic priest, was arrested along with some 250 other intellectuals and leaders of

Book Review: Struggle for Justice

Robert G. Koolakian’s Struggle for Justice: A Story of the American Committee for the Independence of Armenia: 1915-1920 is a welcome contribution to early Armenian American relations (Dearborn: Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan, 2008). Seminal studies for Koolakian’s work emerged from his 1967 master’s thesis, “Mr. Azadian Came to America.” The book provides details

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